New From Ontario Knife Company: HEST 4 Expedition

Image courtesy Knife Center

It’s not particularly big, but the new fixed-blade HEST 4 Expedition is a rugged, awesome-looking blade that may just live up to its $100-ish price point. This post-nuclear tactical/survival knife sports Micarta scales and a partially-serrated 4″ blade with corrosion-resistant powder coating. Ontario also threw in a bottle opener, because Nuka-Cola bottles don’t open themselves . . .

Image courtesy Knife Center

That powder coating looks like a GTI (Good Thing Indeed) because 5mm-thick 1095 steel stock is highly susceptible to corrosion when it’s naked. OKC already makes the storied (if perhaps dated) Model 499 Air Force Survival Knife which uses the same steel.

The HEST 4 Expedition is another tactical/survival blade, but it ditches the 499’s sawback clip point blade in favor of a partially serrated drop-point for better general-purpose cutting. It also loses the Ka-Bar style stacked leather grip and steel pommel for modern Micarta scales.


  1. Matt in FL says:

    Not bad looking, with its various slots and holes and other features that I’m unaware of the uses for.

    1. ChuckN says:

      The bottom hole is for a lanyard. Both holes combined with
      the pronounced pommel look like a decent way to lash the
      knife to a stick for a makeshift spear, or wrap the handle
      with cordage. The tab under the blade looks like a wire

      1. jwm says:

        In a situation where you need a spear would you really lash what may be your only knife to a stick. If you break or lose it you’re out a knife. Better to sharpen the stick to a good point and then fire harden it. That way your knife can produce many spears.

        1. ChuckN says:

          I never said it was a good idea.

        2. Pat says:

          There is a difference between a spear and a pike… One is thrown at game/enemy/etc with no intention of being collected (though it could be possible). The other is more of a defensive tool and is also a very effective offensive/hunting device. Historically, a pike was used and reused and rarely lost. It was made with enough heft to withstand multiple uses (and really, too heavy to be thrown). The likelihood of losing a properly attached knife is minimal and the increased lethality would be worth it to many, especially when hunting or protecting oneself from dangerous game (hogs, bush animals, etc).

  2. JoshtheViking says:

    No Nuka-Cola for me. I prefer Sunset Sarsaparilla.

  3. C says:

    Why bottle opener? Because how do you expect to operate without a cold brew?

  4. Trevor says:

    I like the addition of the wire breaker and lanyard holes to the HEST design, not so much the serrations.

  5. Cramer says:

    This knife was originally manufactured by the Rowen co. For whatever reason OKC still makes this knife and now there are a limited reproductions by the Rowen co. With two holes at the pommel,hallowed out micarta scales for use as a small storage compartment,ESEE knives”Randall adventure and training” uses the Rowen co. With a no questions asked warrenty,yea i have the HEST by Rowen and all the ESEE knives lineup,the bottle opener makes it a bit tacky.knives for generations to come,is it wrong to Love tools?in a survivalist kinda way.

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New From Ontario Knife Company: HEST 4 Expedition

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